About: Jeff Nilsson

Jeff Nilsson Jeff Nilsson is the director of Post archives. He is a specialist in American history, with graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, University of New Mexico, and Eastern Michigan University. He writes weekly features for the website. Contact Jeff at j.nilsson@satevepost.org.

Posts by Jeff Nilsson:

The Surprisingly Normal First Lady

Betty Ford's statements were considered controversial in 1976. Yet her opinions, according to contemporary Roper and Gallup polls, were shared by the great majority of... More

Dry Facts

The Post's reporting on droughts reflect the age-old conflict: the relentless power of nature versus the unconquerable spirit of man.... More

“What a Woman!”

"What a Woman!" That's how reporter George Seldes responded when asked about Dorothy Thompson.... More

The Real Woman of the Year

Dorothy Thompson, according to author John Gunther, was, "The best reporter this generation has seen in any country, and that is not saying nearly enough."... More

The US Air Force Turns 150 Years Old?

Improbable historical fact: The first electronic communication from the earth's atmosphere was transmitted from the deck of the Enterprise to Abraham Lincoln. (Now that was... More

Superman
Happy Birthday, Superman!

According to a 1941 article in the Post, the Man of Steel had risen from a long-shot character created by two unknowns to the most... More

The Moonshining Tradition

A Post reporter believed that the illicit whiskey distiller was disappearing from the American landscape in 1966. He needn’t have worried. ... More

Bob Hope: 50 Years at the Front

From 1941 to 1991, he was Chief Morale Officer for America's armed forces. A 1967 Post article gave a glimpse of the work, and dedication,... More

Bargaining With The Flood

By the time floodwaters are inches from the top of a levee, residents must start making hard choices. But even the decision to move the... More

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